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Business Casual

Author: Kaleb
08/05/2004 | Sctas.com | www.sctas.com | Album Review
From the synced up opening and casual strums of 'I Am the Secretary', you kinda get the feeling this isn't your normal Bright Eyes / Son Ambulance Saddle-Creek release. Then you get your first taste of Chris Hughes' nervy vocals, and the deal is sealed - Beep Beep are doing just what they were delivered to do: fuck the scene up a bit. The fact that Hughes andFaint bass commander Joel Peterson (who adds his hand on the final track, 'the threat of nature') used to be flatmates back in the day could explain the mild similarity in Beep Beep's sound and the Faint's - but I doubt that's all there is to it. Saddle-Creek have unveiled the second most angsty record from the Lumberjack files since Cursive dealt Domestica in 2000.
The 'cool' kids are going to attempt to tell you that Beep Beep (named after the sound you make with your mouth when you need to get through a crowded room) is another in the long line of 80's rehash bullshit a-la The Rapture and Franz Ferdinand, etc. Beep Beep, however, are not entirely plucking influences out of just one hat. There's dark synth akin to labelmates the Faint (see: 'giggle giggle'), and certainly reference to sexual situations (on: 'Electronic Wolves'), the later with sample lyrics "you've got yr legs spread, your crotch is laid open like a coin purse waiting for the money shot". Yeah, that halftime show at 'that' superbowl has nothing on the situational saga this band is bringing forth. I'm talking The Jesus and Mary Chain's 'Teenage Lust' busting boundaries on serious doses of Trucker's Fuel. A few tracks come off as musicians who may have recorded each individual track in separate locations (see: Oh No!), and tracked them all together in a Lincoln studio - but the footnote is that it all works so incredibly well.

When this pathetic year finally comes to a halt, many will undoubtedly wish they had released an album as hypersexual as 'Business Casual'. Prepare for the next something-wave from Omaha - laughter is the official sixth instrument.
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